Tough times are real and everyone is involved in at least one, privately or in public. Privately, it is that area of our lives that we struggle with and often feel inadequate. That area where it seems no other person understands what you are going through. People admire your expensive clothes and broad smiles with a secret wish to be like you. What they don’t know is that there are conflicts going on inside you. The truth is that as our faces differ so do our battles differ. It could be your fight in trying to make your marriage work, your fight to get a job, your fight to break out of an addiction, your fight for financial freedom, your fight for personal identity and so on. It could be you with seemingly perfect ideas that have gone everywhere seeking for capital to kick-start the business and no help is coming.
Firstly, I need you to know that there is hope. No matter how strong or powerful or confident we appear, tough times come to us all. They viciously force their might on us in a bid to cause us to stumble and crumble. One day we feel so strong and invincible and the next we feel just as lost and scared. If you don’t believe this, ask Elijah in the Bible who after killing 450 Baal-prophets couldn’t stand up to a woman called Jezebel. This is never to cause fear in you but to strengthen you and let you know that you are not in this alone. Just keep your hopes high!
The amazing thing about life is that as long as you’re breathing, you still have a chance. The least you can do is to be grateful for what you still have. Telling you to be grateful sounds cliché. A lot of people say it but only a few take the time to do it. Being grateful is crucial, not at the misfortune of others that did not happen to you, but for the plans and purposes of God for your life that remain intact.
A simple way is to take a deep breath, hold it for ten seconds, exhale and yell, “ya! I’m grateful for this breath.” Thereafter, write out at least ten things you’re grateful for. I can bet you will burst into songs as you think deeply on those things.
Secondly, call to remembrance all the tough times you’ve been through and how you got out of them. What you will find interesting is how you are still here. What positively helped you through? Is there a pattern God has used to deliver you? Was there something you did that helped? Remember that the lion and the bear David killed with his hands gave him a pattern for his victory against Goliath.
Personally, listening to my pastor’s message always help me during my tough battles. It calms me and puts me in a more hopeful mood. Sometimes I get so lost in my struggles that I forget about some of the sermons I have heard. But when I become proactive, I tap into past sources of inspiration and guidance. Don’t let your battles control your life.
In conclusion, never give up. Keep your hopes up and do the needful. I wish I could tell you the ride won’t be rough but I can’t. The assurance is that your landing will be safe if you hold on.